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Watch Swedes play volleyball on Great Wall of China

Three brothers from western Sweden have put together a very fine film of themselves playing volleyball on the Great Wall of China.

Watch Swedes play volleyball on Great Wall of China
The great volleyball of China. Photo: Private

They believe they are the first people to do so, and we’d wager they’re probably right. 

“We were nervous that the police might stop us but it turned out well. We didn’t see any signs saying we couldn’t play sports on the wall so we just went for it,” Alexander Jönsson told The Local. 

The brothers brought the volleyball with them all the way from Sweden. Once in China, they acquired a rope. 

“We found a watchtower and thought, hey, let’s put the rope up here. It was quite high and we really didn’t want to lose the ball. We almost did at one point.” 

They captured the moment with a drone camera, which drew attention from other tourists. 

“The Chinese people thought we were funny. They wanted to know what we were doing and why we had a drone.” 

So what’s next for the brothers from Lysekil?

“It involves ice and doughnuts. It’s going to take some time. Hopefully by the end of the year.” 

We’ve actually written about the Jönsson brothers before after they fired a doughnut into space from Norway. 

They really like doughnuts. 

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Sweden’s Volvo Cars may merge with Chinese owner Geely

Sweden's Volvo Cars and its Chinese owner Geely announced on Monday that they are considering merging into a single group in order to share resources, but would preserve their separate brands.

Sweden's Volvo Cars may merge with Chinese owner Geely
File photo of a Volvo test-drive. Photo: Christine Olsson / TT

The merged firm “would have the scale, knowledge and resources to be a leader in the ongoing transformation of the automotive industry,” they said in a statement.

“The combination would preserve the distinct identity of each of the brands Volvo, Geely, Lynk & Co and Polestar,” they added.

Geely bought Volvo in 2010 from Ford which hadn't been able to turn around the Swedish automaker. But under the Chinese firm Volvo has rebounded and smashed its sales records.

Volvo sold more than 705,000 vehicles in 2019, besting the record it set in 2018 by 10 percent, and the automaker expects continued growth this year.

The statement said the firms would create a joint working group to prepare a proposal for the boards of both firms.

“A combined company would have access to the global capital market through Hong Kong and with the intention to subsequently list in Stockholm as well,” it added.

Volvo put off a share listing in 2018 due to tensions in global markets.

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